Sikh, Christian Waqf Boards on the Cards

January 17, 2007

Author: M Hasan

Source: Hindustan Times,0015002500000005.htm

IN ORDER to keep the Sikh and Christian communities in good humour in an election year, the Mulayam Singh Yadav government is toying with the idea of constituting a Sikh and a Christian Waqf boards. The move is aimed at protecting the religious properties of the two communities.

Secretary Minorities Commission Mohd Akram told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that “the proposal was under active consideration of the State Government”.

The two communities had been demanding constitution of Waqf board for a long time and the issue came up for discussion on minorities’ day on December 18, 2006. The proposal was sent to the government on January 1, 2007.

A senior official in Survey Waqf Commissioner office Abrar Ahmad said, “The government has appreciated the proposal”.

“The Sunni and Shia Waqf boards have been separately protecting the properties of the two Muslim sects, but there is no such provision for the Christians and the Sikhs”, he added.